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11:46am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama: 'I Didn't Get Re-Elected Just To Bask In Re-Election'

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 7:44 pm

President Obama during his news conference at the White House today.
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11:34am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Protests, Strikes Spread Across Europe In Opposition To Austerity Measures

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 12:32 pm

Riot policemen arrest a protester in Valencia on Wednesday during a general strike .
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From Spain and Portugal to Greece and Italy and on north to Belgium and Germany, strikes and protests spread across Europe today.

While this is the first time that the protests have gone pan-European, the message hasn't changed: Demonstrators were protesting the austerity measures put in place by many European countries to bring an end to the sovereign debt crisis that has dogged the continent.

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10:45am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

In Close Vote, 'Monkey See' Readers Chose Cats Over Dogs; What Say You?

Nikon (left) and Zoia, two pals in Poland.
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We're curious about whether Two-Way readers agree or disagree with Monkey See readers about this "important" issue:

Which is better: cats or dogs?

Your Two-Way hosts know which way we would vote. But we would never, ever try to influence anyone's opinion with stories about the tail-wagging, barking, "I'm so glad to see you!" greetings we get when we arrive home each evening.

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10:39am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Pelosi Chides Luke Russert Over Question About Young Leadership

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gathers around female House Democrats during a news conference on Wednesday.
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There was a bit of laughter but also a lot of seriousness, when NBC's Luke Russert asked Rep. Nancy Pelosi if her decision to seek the House minority leadership again prevents a younger leadership from taking her place.

Pelosi was flanked by the Democratic female members of House and as soon as the question flew out of Russert's mouth, groans filled the room. "Age discrimination," one person was heard screaming.

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10:12am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Most Afghans Now Optimistic, Survey Signals; How Real Is That Result?

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 7:36 pm

Are better days ahead in Afghanistan? A new survey signals that just more than half of Afghans think their country is headed in the right direction. Here: Mohamed, who makes a living by working as a day laborer in construction, makes his way home after work in Kabul.
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According to a new survey by the Asia Foundation, 52 percent of the 6,300 Afghans it surveyed in June feel the country is heading in the right direction. It's the first time in eight years of conducting this survey that the foundation found a majority of Afghans held a positive view.

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